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St. Paul’s Childhood Center (SPCC) is a nonprofit child development center, and a program of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (http://www.spucconsummit.org/cms/), founded September 4, 1970. St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and SPCC share common values of inclusivity, diversity, as well as social and environmental justice. 

SPCC serves children six weeks to twelve years old (Summer School Age Program), in the beautiful and historic Summit-Grand Avenue neighborhood. SPCC voluntarily participates in the Parent Aware quality rating system and is a four star (out of four) center as well as a NECPA (National Early Childhood Program Accreditation) accredited center. Our playground is one of six in Minnesota to be certified as a Nature Explore Classroom. Our approach to early childhood education is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia. The mission of SPCC is to provide the community with a family-centered environment for early learning that fosters physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as promote a positive sense of individuality through a community-inclusive, arts-infused emergent curriculum.

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We are licensed by the state of MN, and are proud to offer a space for early learning with low ratios, and a highly qualified staff. SPCC is located at Summit Ave and Milton St. in the east wing of St. Paul’s UCC, across from William Mitchell College, and in the heart of the Grand Avenue business district. SPCC has been providing the community an exceptional resource for early childhood education for forty-four years.

Our facility includes spacious classrooms full of natural light, a superb large muscle room, an art studio, a whimsical Nature Explore certified playground,  and an educated, nurturing staff dedicated to the field of early childhood education.


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Make sure your child’s cubby is stocked with weather appropriate clothing. Winter weather is here, we’ve had the first flurries! Your child should have weather appropriate clothing for walks, playing in the mud, stomping in puddles, and playing in the snow! Every day be prepared for adventure! If you need help providing any of these items for your child please let us know. 

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